Erdogan ‘Cannot Accept’ Nuclear Powers Denying Nuclear Weapons to Turkey

In a belligerent speech to officials of his ruling AKP party on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he “cannot accept” nuclear powers denying Turkey access to nuclear weapons of its own, and threatened to “open the gates” and flood Europe with Syrian refugees if the United States does not work with Turkey to resettle the refugees in a new “safe zone.”

Turkish President and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during AK Party's extended meeting of Provincial heads at AK Party Headquarters in Ankara on September 5, 2019. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey Ready to Snub U.S., NATO Allies and Buy Russian Warplanes

Turkey and Russia have begun talks aimed at letting the former buy Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-57 fighter jets from Russia in a direct snub to the the Trump administration which nixed a deal that would’ve allowed NATO-ally Ankara to add the new F-35 Lightning II to its combat aircraft fleet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (3rd R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (4th L) inspect Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter during the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon opening ceremony in Zhukovsky outside Moscow on August 27, 2019. (Photo by Maxim SHIPENKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read …